On Broadway Event Center
Located at Sixth Avenue and Broadway in the rapidly expanding “Gaslamp District” of San Diego, On Broadway Event Center (OBEC) was developed in the shell of a 30,000 square foot historic bank building built in 1926 by sugar magnate John D. Spreckels. The building was the first of its kind in downtown San Diego, and was designated a historical landmark by the San Diego Historical Society in 1983. Several million dollars were spent remodeling the venue, incorporating unique interior features while maintaining its architectural and historical integrity including its basement vault, amazing thirty foot columns, numerous arches, and breathtakingly ornate gold leaf ceilings.
As an exceptionally well-designed event center with highly functional banquet facilities and expert staff, On Broadway was San Diego’s premier venue for meetings and special events. Its extraordinary audio-visual and lighting technology was ideal for state-of-the-art presentations and entertainment purposes. On Friday and Saturday evenings, it transformed into a high-energy nightclub with an amazing mix of the region’s most exclusive clientele. One of Michael Viscuso’s primary design goals was to create an extremely versatile and functional floor plan, achieved by breaking the larger areas into smaller dining, dancing, and lounge spaces that could be opened or closed as needed. The restaurant and sushi bar were extremely popular in San Diego and the culinary staff attained the rare quality of being extremely creative and hip, while maintaining a high level of sophistication and elegance whether it was for restaurant dining on Friday night or lavish gala banquets on Saturday.